An article by openDemocracy outlines its concerns that the Data Protection and Digital Information (No.2) Bill may undermine protections for personal health data. The article points out that current legislation already allows the UK government and public bodies to access health records without consent for purposes beyond direct care. Even though many people accept that NHS records are valuable for planning services and supporting scientific research, the percentage of those comfortable with commercial companies accessing their personal health data is much smaller. The article also highlights that the NHS relies heavily on private, multinational companies for IT infrastructure and data processing services despite some of these companies needing a better track record for protecting against data breaches.
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